Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Mary Ita Heffernan

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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Sports and Data Science company Orreco to create 30 new jobs

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Sports and Data Science company Orreco to create 30 new jobs


Wednesday, February 15, 2017 




Sports and Data Science company Orreco to create 30 new jobs

Irish sports science company Orreco has raised $2 million in funding from Silicon Valley venture company True Ventures, enabling the creation of 30 new jobs at its Galway operation. The company is also establishing an office base in Los Angeles, USA.

Orreco was established in 2010 and has worked with several high-profile sport clubs to help explain and overcome underperformance in athletes. Orreco uses machine intelligence to find hidden signals in data including GPS and performance statistics to help improve athletic performance and reduce the incidence of illness and injury.

Orreco’s Galway office is leading the company’s research work with computing giant IBM on Watson – an intelligent computer system. Since the link up with IBM, Orreco has has been using the supercomputer to help teams make sense of complex data.

Over the past several years, the company has worked with teams and individuals, including English football club Newcastle United and numerous Olympic athletes. Much of Orreco’s business now comes from the US market.

Orreco apply advanced research-driven solutions in science and analytics to deliver actionable insights and strategies that help keep your players off the bench and ready to perform.

Orreco currently has 23 employees and 10 contracted research scientists based in its offices and laboratories across the world.

The company is now to recruit for 30 new roles, at least half of whom will be based in Ireland. The main focus is on data science roles, which are very rare skillsets and really in demand. Orecco want people with a sports science and data science background. Additional roles include account managers and administration support roles.

Details of current vacancies and career opportunities with Orreco are available here.

The CareersPortal Team